It’s no secret that the Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors have problems on the court.
Their second-round playoff matchup last year was physical, and the war of words has continued this season on and off the court.
That playoff matchup included an incident in which Memphis’ Dillon Brooks was suspended for Game 3 after a flagrant 2 foul in the second game of the series. Klay Thompson got his revenge by taunting Brooks on Christmas Day, resulting in a technical foul.
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It’s easy to be jealous of the Warriors, who have won four NBA titles since the 2014-15 season. That’s where a fan’s dislike comes in, but Brooks has a legitimate hatred for them, especially Draymond Green.
«I don’t like Draymond at all,» he says. «I just don’t like Golden State. I don’t like having anything to do with them. Draymond talks a lot. He gets away with it, too. His game is great, with Golden State, but if you put him anywhere else, you’re not going to know who Draymond is. He plays his heart, he plays hard, he knows the ins and outs of their defense. I guess that’s why they like it there.»
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Brooks and Green have become something of a villain in the NBA. The Grizzly recently struck Cleveland Cavaliers’ Donovan Mitchell in the groin, resulting in an on-court ruckus.
Green is also known for his tough playing style, but he has earned a reputation as one of the dirtiest players in the league. He also had a notorious fight with teammate Jordan Poole last summer during training camp.
The Grizzlies may be the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference while the defending champions sit at No. 5, but Golden State still has Memphis’ number head-to-head. On Christmas Day, the Warriors won their first meeting of the season, 123-109, and a month later, Golden State brought home a 122-120 victory.
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The Warriors will visit Memphis on March 9 and 18. Both matchups earlier this season took place in San Francisco.